Concert Calendar

Discover the wonderful world of classical music, opera, and ballet in your area. Every week, in collaboration with our partners worldwide, we offer you a curated calendar of concerts and performances.

 

Un ballo in maschera  |  February 3 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

When he composed Un ballo in maschera, Verdi already had numerous masterpieces to his name. In Naples, censorship was the order of the day: one could not assassinate a king on stage and the composer found himself obliged to transpose his ball to Boston at the end of the 17th century. This opera combines politics with passion: it is his love for a woman, his jealousy and folly that guide Renato’s hand as he stabs his friend Riccardo…

Il Barbiere di Siviglia  |  February 7 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

A masterpiece of opera buffa, The Barber of Seville still enjoys the same success as it did at its first performance in 1816. Inspired by Beaumarchais’ play of the same name, Rossini remained faithful to the narrative simplicity of the play whilst portraying characters bubbling over to the relentless rhythm of the score. Damiano Michieletto’s frenetically vivid production alternates smoothly between picturesque realism and dreamlike fantasy in a single, monumental set making this Barber of Seville a wildly eccentric comedy with a ring of truth.

Onéguine  |  February 9 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Romanticism and Saint Petersburg dandyism take pride of place in this great classical ballet. Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel, Eugene Onegin, is a tale of missed opportunities, lost loves and bitter remorse. It is also a ballet by the choreographer John Cranko, the first representative of the Anglo-Saxon tradition to take an interest in these dramatic themes filled with emotional intensity. He was rapidly captivated by the thwarted love and tormented passion that characterize this work of Shakespearean dimensions.

Canto Ostinato  |  February 10 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Opera, Paris

‘Canto Ostinato’ by Simeon ten Holt (1923-2012) is more than simply a piece of music. It is a hypnotic experience. The work from 1973-76 is the Netherlands’ most celebrated contribution to minimal music. Unlike the majority of minimalists, who often emphasize the rhythmic aspect, Ten Holt concentrates on the melody and the sound. A repetitive figure in the bass (‘ostinato’) forms the basis for the work. Performance by Alexander Melnikov, Alexej Lubimov, Alexej Zuev & Slava Poprugin.

The Rake’s Progress  |  February 11 2017 - 14:00

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress continues to appeal because of the music, which is a highlight of Stravinsky’s neoclassical period, and the libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Although the Faustian theme is serious, as is the conflict of wealth and status with personal happiness, there is no lack of humor in The Rake’s Progress. The hilarious scenes with Baba the Turk, the bearded woman, are particularly famous. The tragic ending with Tom Rakewell as a psychiatric patient is followed by the moral of The Rake’s Progress: not every rake is saved by true love.

Pelléas et Mélisande  |  February 13 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Opera Vlaanderen presents 'Pelléas et Mélisande' in 2018, the year that marks the centennial of Debussy's death. The direction and choreography will be provided by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. For the staging, they will be collaborating with the world-famous performance artist Marina Abramović. Their vision will bring to the surface the unspoken tensions and complex relationships that give the characters in Pelléas et Mélisande their power.

Don Quichotte  |  February 17 2018 - 19:30

Venue : National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

Prominent foreign companies like the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre have triumphed for many years with Don Quichotte, based on the masterpiece of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes in which the title hero and his servant Sancho Panza are fighting windmills. The version by leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky in 2010 was the first full-length Don Quichotte ballet to be staged in the Netherlands.

Requiem  |  February 18 2018 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Vitality, passion and sacred solemnity will converge in a program with work by Felix Mendelssohn, Max Bruch and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The result will be vocal and orchestral grandeur and two romantic solo pieces. Performance by Maximilian Lohse, Anat Edri, Denzil Delaere, Markus Suihkonen, and Alexander Joel from the Opera Vlaanderen Young Ensemble.

Tosca  |  February 19 2018 - 15:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller. The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca.

La Traviata  |  February 21 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Who does not know the story of La Traviata? Inspired by the life of Marie Duplessis in La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas, Verdi composed the grand opera of feminine tragedy: a drama where, in the name of debauchery, society authorises extremes of sentiment and affronts the modesty of the most fragile emotions with an unhealthy voyeurism. Torn between love and moral duty, the heroine succumbs to the disease that corrupts both her body and her soul, a soul inured to self‑sacrifice.

Carmen  |  February 23 2018 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky directs Bizet’s much-loved opera, with Jakub Hrůša and Christopher Willis conducting two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. The young soldier Don José intends to marry Micaëla, a girl from his home village. But when he meets the sensual and fiercely independent Carmen, he sacrifices everything to be with her.

Daphnis et Chloé  |  February 27 2018 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

This Ravel evening brings together two ballets on the themes of love and seduction. Whilst one of them – virtuoso and colorful – displays fluid classical lines, the other – all in red and black – is stark but seething with eroticism. In Daphnis and Chloé (2013), Benjamin Millepied recounts how love between a shepherd and a shepherdess triumphs over temptations and threats. In Maurice Béjart’s Boléro (1961), a soloist captivates his audience from the top of a table.

Monteverdi  |  February 28 2018 - 20:00

Venue : deSingel, Antwerp

In the foreword of his Eighth Madrigal Book, Monteverdi describes the many years he struggled to properly express his feelings in his music. The book sums up more than twenty years of experimentation. The collection has been carefully built up into two mirrored parts dedicated to love and war and reflects the possibilities Monteverdi discovered. The Ricercar Consort takes us on a journey of exploration into this unique universe.